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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced Recovery Act awards to states, tribal governments, cities, counties and transit agencies across the country to fund 51 innovative transportation projects. Projects funded with the $1.5 billion allocated in the Recovery Act include improvements to roads, bridges, rail, ports, transit and intermodal facilities.

“TIGER grants will tackle the kind of major transportation projects that have been difficult to build under other funding programs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This will help us meet the 21st century challenges of improving the environment, making our communities more livable and enhancing safety, all while creating jobs and growing the economy.” [2/17/10]

Arizona Daily Star - Tucson secures federal funding for streetcar project

Tucson will receive a $63 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the city's planned streetcar connecting the University of Arizona campus with downtown.

“This is a big day for Tucson and a big day for Arizona,” U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva said in a prepared statement. “There are few systems like this in the country, and Tucsonans are once again proud to be ahead of the curve.”

Grijalva said with 10 percent of Tucsonans living, working or going to school within walking distance of the streetcar, the investment “will be repaid several times over through increased transportation efficiency, expanded commercial access, pollution reduction and progress on Rio Nuevo. This is exactly the kind of project that shows why the Recovery Act was a vital step in rebuilding the economy.”

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' spokesman C.J. Karamargin said the congresswoman is pleased with the announcement. “It will bring jobs and economic development at a critical time when we need it most,” he said. [2/17/10]

Sacramento Business Journal (California) - Port gets stimulus funds for new equipment

The ports of West Sacramento, Stockton and Oakland have jointly been awarded $30 million in federal stimulus funds to launch a container barge service between the three ports that will help ease congestion on highways in Northern California.

“Investing in infrastructure is one of the best ways to create and sustain good paying jobs,” Congressman Mike Thompson, who represents the port, said in a news release. “Every dollar we invest in infrastructure gives our economy a 59 percent return.” [2/17/10]

KPUA AM-670 (Hawaii) - Feds giving $24M to Honolulu Harbor

Honolulu Harbor will receive $24 million in federal stimulus funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie said Wednesday that the funding is part of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grant Program. It has targeted more than $1 billion to surface transportation projects across the country.

The island Democrat says the funding helps create and sustain job opportunities in construction, and supports Hawaii's future economic growth by improving its harbor system. [2/17/10]

The Daily Reporter (Wisconsin) - Milwaukee lands $21.5 million stimulus grant

The city of Milwaukee on Wednesday was awarded a $21.5 million stimulus grant for projects on two downtown lift bridges.

Milwaukee's grant is part of $1.5 billion the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Wednesday through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, program. The money came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [2/17/10]

San Francisco Chronicle (California) - Governor, local officials tout stimulus' impact

In San Francisco, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled $46 million in new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the replacement of Doyle Drive - one of the final pieces in a complex $1 billion financing package that has been in the works for years to replace the Golden Gate Bridge connector.

In Oakland, officials celebrated $40 million worth of stimulus grants from the California Energy Commission, money that will help homeowners and commercial property owners conduct green retrofits of buildings - from improving insulation to installing solar panels - and train unemployed and underskilled workers for green jobs.

…Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the stimulus funds last year helped save or create more than 150,000 jobs and will assist an additional 250,000 Californians in keeping or getting jobs in the future. [2/18/10]

KWTX CBS-10 (Texas) - $7.2 Million Loan Saves 300 Central Texas Jobs

$7.2 million Recovery Act loan announced Wednesday by Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, will keep a company in Coolidge that employs 300 open, the firm's CEO said.

“This is great news for the individuals who depend on these jobs to support their families and great news for economic development and business investment in Central Texas,” said Edwards, who planned to meet with employees Wednesday afternoon at the foundry.

The money for the loan comes from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law a year ago Wednesday. [2/17/10]

KMOX.com (Missouri) - St. Louis agency shows off training floor for stimulus jobs

Better Family Life and its partners will use more than three million dollars in recovery act money to train people who are high school drop-outs, have criminal records, or who are out-of-work veterans.

The training will focus on 'green' jobs -- weatherizing, energy-efficient building and rehab, and renewable power installation. 

Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, Junior, who put in a recommendation for the center to get the stimulus grant told the crowd, 'when President Obama and our congressional leadership put together the Recovery Act a year ago, this is exactly the kind of training program we wanted to have.'

Better Family Life and its partners anticipate training at least 900 people and placing at least 700 in jobs over the next two years. [2/17/10]

Silver City Sun News (New Mexico) - Stimulus helps laid-off workers regain jobs in Silver City

Thirteen workers who were laid off right around Christmas have been hired back by a Silver City company, thanks to federal stimulus money funneled into the local economy.

The town of Silver City was awarded $600,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for road and infrastructure improvements.

Congressman Harry Teague, D-N.M., was in town Tuesday and met with Pena and Silver City Mayor James Marshall for a short briefing on the Silver Street project and then visited the construction site.

'These funds are being used to invest in our infrastructure for the long term while providing needed jobs to the community,' he said. 'I applaud Silver City for awarding this contract to a local construction company from southern New Mexico. By utilizing recovery funds to support and grow our local businesses, we can continue to strengthen both southern New Mexico's and our nation's economy.' [2/18/10]

Midhudsonnews.com (New York) - Government officials tout anniversary of stimulus bill

Public officials on the federal and state level spent Wednesday saying how the stimulus package has done so much to help jump start the economy.

Congressman John Hall (D-Dover) teamed up with USDA Secretary Tom Vislack on a conference call to tout the program.

Hall said the stimulus money helped preserve jobs in New York. “The state was so strapped, is still actually so strapped, that were it not for recovery dollars, we would have lost police jobs and teaching jobs and all kinds of positions that are necessary.” [2/18/10]

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